Visiting Makers demonstrating skills in the fab lab adds richness to our programming by connecting students to the community. Observing community members engaged in the creating work of their trades and hobbies provides students with opportunities for new learning, as well as deeper understanding of the relevance of education to future employment possibilities. In the next few months, we will have visits from carpenters, quilters, a graphic novelist, and a Ukranian egg maker.
While we adults have been busy reaching out to the local community to invite makers into Dyer’s makerspace, some of our students have been considering what they themselves can bring to our Visiting Makers programming. Recently, a group of third graders shared a Google Slide presentation with the Principal proposing that they should plan and implement a Visiting Maker workshop on how to take things apart safety. Their proposal was self-initated, student-directed, and effectively persuasive in reminding us that we have each other to learn from!